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New video on the BeWater stakeholder event in Rmel

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

To tackle climate change and other challenges in the Rmel river basin, stakeholders discussed water management options during a BeWater stakeholder event. Fifty stakeholders participated in the event, which took place on 7 October 2015. Watch the video to get an impression of the event. 


BeWater raises awareness on water scarcity and the importance of water saving

Tuesday, 16 February 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

BeWater raises awareness in Tunisian primary schools on water scarcity and the importance of water saving 

Awareness Tunisia

As a follow-up to its involvement with youth stakeholders in the Rmel River Basin in the Tunisian Province of Zaghouan, the BeWater partners GWP-Med and INRGREF, in cooperation with the NGO The Lions' Club, are developing a national campaign in Tunisian primary schools to raise awareness on water scarcity and the importance of water saving.


The campaign will take place during the month of February 2016 and is called ÔVI (eau = water, vie = life). It takes place within the framework of the activity La Jeunesse Francophone pour l'eau (Francophone Youth for Water).


The campaign is taking place as a follow-up action to the national training for Tunisian NGOs that are active in water resources management, which was held on 13-14 November 2015.

International Day of Forests

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 Posted in News, BeWater News


The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests. On each International Day of Forests, several events are organised to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests, and trees outside forests, for the benefit of current and future generations.


Planning for climate change: Society as a key player in river basin adaptation

Monday, 08 February 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

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Policy brief

The first BeWater Policy Brief highlights the need to develop river basin adaptation plans to deal with climate change and the role of local stakeholders to develop successful adaptation strategies. It is available for download in English, Catalan, French, Arabic, and Slovenian.

In the Mediterranean region, water resources are expected to be severely impacted by climate change. The resulting decrease in water supplies needs to be considered to ensure the sustainable supply and use of high quality water resources in the future. Current water management initiatives give insufficient consideration to climate change at the river basin level.

The BeWater project addresses this gap and is developing adaptation plans to pro-actively respond to water-related global challenges at the river basin level through a dialogue between science and society. The first BeWater Policy Brief highlights the role of local stakeholders to develop successful adaptation strategies, which must be applicable across multiple policy sectors.



BeWater News, Edition 4, January 2016

Friday, 08 January 2016 Posted in BeWater News, News, Newsletter

The fourth edition of BeWater News brings you the outcomes of the stakeholder events that took place in each Case Study River Basin and the third General Meeting in Barcelona.

In this issue, you will also find news on water management options, a policy analysis tool, photo galleries, other news and upcoming events.


BeWater News, Edition 4, January 2016



Deležniki razpravljajo o upravljanju z vodnimi viri v porečju reke Vipave

Monday, 28 December 2015 Posted in Vipava Society, Slovenia , BeWater News

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Vipava river basinPredstavniki Inštituta za vode RS s pomočjo delavnic v porečju Vipave vključujemo zainteresirano javnost v pripravo strategije upravljanja voda v porečju v luči prilagajanja na podnebne spremembe. Na prvi delavnici (Ajdovščina, junij 2014) so deležniki opredelili izzive, potrebe in omejitve upravljanja voda in rabe vode na območju porečja Vipave ter potencialne rešitve v obliki različnih možnosti upravljanja voda. Na drugi delavnici (Ajdovščina, maj 2015) so deležniki izbrane možnosti upravljanja voda izpopolnili in ovrednotili.

V ponedeljek 12. oktobra 2015 je v prostorih Območno obrtno-podjetniške zbornice Ajdovščina potekala tretja delavnica projekta BeWater. Delavnice se je udeležilo 16 deležnikov iz različnih sektorjev na regionalni in lokalni ravni, vključno s stroko in oblikovalci ter izvajalci politik.

Projekt BeWater predstavljen na mednarodni delavnici v sklopu projekta 7. OP Cropsustain

Monday, 28 December 2015 Posted in Vipava Society, Slovenia , BeWater News

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Prilagajanje in blaženje učinkov podnebnih sprememb v kmetijskih ekosistemih – v smeri izvajanja učinkovitih ukrepov

V torek, 24. novembra 2015 je v Ljubljani potekala mednarodna delavnica o prilagajanju na učinke podnebnih sprememb v kmetijskih ekosistemih, ki jo je v okviru evropskega projekta Cropsustain organiziral Kmetijski inštitut Slovenije. Delavnice so se med drugim udeležili veleposlanik Republike Francije v Sloveniji ter številni priznani mednarodni strokovnjaki s področja kmetijstva in okolja.

3rd BeWater Project general meeting

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 Posted in News, BeWater News

bw gm15 01 350Outcomes of the participatory process to involve society in identifying options to manage water resources in the face of global change were vividly discussed at the BeWater General Meeting held in Barcelona, Spain, from 4-6 November 2015. The BeWater project partners and several stakeholders gathered to take stock of all work that has been done during the first two years and to agree on the next steps to develop adaptation plans for four case study river basins.

An important part of the meeting was dedicated to present and discuss the outcomes of the recent stakeholder workshops and the water management options that were formulated for the four case study river basins Pedieos (Cyprus), Rmel (Tunisia), Tordera (Spain) and Vipava (Slovenia). PROSPEX and EFI provided an overview of all steps in the participatory process, through which a total of 102 water management options were identified and evaluated. INRGREF, CyI, CREAF and IzVRS provided detailed insights on the options and their potential impacts on each of the river basins.

BeWater Project at Jradou elementary school (Tunisia)

Monday, 21 December 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

In the frame work of the BeWater activities, an awareness campaign was held at Jradou elementary school (Tunisia) on 16 December 2015.

The event was organised by the National Research Institute for Rural Engineering Water and Forestry (INRGREF). It was attended by all the pupils of the school and representatives from the Regional Commissariat of Education, Zaghouan Municipality, Young Leaders Council Association and Zero Waste Association.

The principle of the school Mr. Adel Miled who was assisted with teachers, have facilitated the communication between children and the BeWater team.

Formulating and evaluating options for water management

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Posted in News, BeWater News

The Mediterranean is a region where changes in climatic conditions are expected to severely impact water resources. In order to adapt to global change impacts on Mediterranean water resourcesBeWater project partners developed an iterative, bottom-up approach, ensuring that stakeholders from local societies play an active role in developing appropriate strategies for the management of their river basins. Together, local stakeholders and BeWater project partners formulated and evaluated no less than 102 water management options.

As part of our participatory approach, we engaged with local stakeholders from the four BeWater case study river basins in Cyprus (Pedieos), Slovenia (Vipava) Spain (Tordera) and Tunisia (Rmel). They expressed their views and input during the process of formulating and evaluating options for future water management. At key moments throughout the project, they discussed and evaluated the outcomes. In each of the basins, stakeholders took part in workshops and individual consultations.

BeWater policy analysis tool piloted

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Posted in News, BeWater News

Global change covers different policy sectors and requires a clear understanding of the inter-linkages, overlaps and inconsistencies between policies. To analyse policies in a standardised manner, the BeWater Policy Watch developed and piloted tools to facilitate the implementation of the BeWater policy analysis. The tools are built on common keywords and indicators to facilitate the comparison of policies.

Within BeWater a comparative analysis is made of local water policies and other sector policies which address global and climate change at the river basin scale. In order to conduct such an analysis, individual policy instruments, e.g. a regulation, a directive, a decree or an over-arching policy, must be analysed for their content before comparisons between instruments and sectors can be performed. The BeWater Policy Watch previously initiated a process of building a Policy Review tool which consisted of a Guidance Note for researchers to identify important elements within individual policy implements relevant to the BeWater Project. It was quickly found a standardised approach was needed to facilitate the analysis. For that purpose, a Policy Analysis tool was developed by the BeWater partners INRGREF, CyI, CREAF and IzVRS, under guidance of Deep Blue Consultants.

Gathering people’s opinions on water management options for climate change adaptation in the Pedieos River Park

Wednesday, 16 December 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News, Pedieos Society, Cyprus

Friday evening 23 October 2015 was a special evening for the people who walk and cycle in the linear park along the Pedieos River in Nicosia. The Cyprus Institute's researchers had turned one of the small plazas along the path into a climate change info point with their colorful BeWater banners. The Cyprus Institute's researchers were at hand to explain the potential impacts of climate change and the need for adaptation.

The Pedieos River is an ephemeral river that only flows during prolonged wet periods and high rainfall events. The river creates a unique green environment in the busy urban area of Nicosia and the Pedieos walking and cycling path has become a popular attraction. A dam in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains protect the downstream areas from excessive floods. However, the combined effects of the ever increasing urbanisation and more intense rainfall events resulting from climate change are rendering the river vulnerable to flooding.

BeWater trains Tunisian youth NGOs

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 Posted in BeWater News, News, Rmel Society, Tunisia

BeWater trains Tunisian youth NGOs to address the challenge of sustainable water resources management under climate change constraints. 

As a follow-up to its involvement with youth stakeholders in the Rmel River Basin in the Tunisian Province of Zaghouan, and the consultation workshop held there on July, 31st, with local youth participation, under the thematic “Boundaries and guidelines for a committed and active involvement of youth in sustainable water resources management and the fight against climate change”, the BeWater Project made further steps in the region on that front: BeWater Consortium partner, GWP-Med, along with Consortium partner INRGREF, held a very interesting and successful training for youth NGO members on November, 13th-14th, bringing together 30 youth stakeholders active in water resources management, from different Tunisian regions.

Ciutadans locals treballen en conjunt amb els científics per fer front als reptes de la gestió de l'aigua a la conca del riu Tordera

Monday, 14 December 2015 Posted in Tordera Society, Spain , BeWater News

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tordera ws oct15 post 01 350S'espera que el canvi climàtic i altres esdeveniments globals afectin la conca del riu Tordera. Els ciutadans locals ja estan treballant en conjunt amb els científics per identificar els principals reptes del futur de la gestió dels recursos hídrics, així com les possibles solucions per adaptar-se a les canviants condicions futures.

Científics del Centre de Recerca Ecològica i Aplicacions Forestals (CREAF) estan involucrats en el projecte BeWater i han organitzat diversos tallers per discutir la gestió de l'aigua en el context de canvi global de la conca del riu Tordera. Els participants d'aquests tallers comparteixen un interès en la conca. En un primer taller, els participants van identificar els desafiaments relacionats amb la gestió de l'aigua i les opcions per fer front a aquests desafiaments discutits. En un segon taller, aquestes opcions es van perfeccionar i avaluar.

Local citizens work together with scientists to tackle challenges for water management in the Tordera river basin

Monday, 14 December 2015 Posted in News, BeWater News

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Climate change and other global developments are expected to affect the Tordera river basin. Local citizens are now working together with scientists to identify the main challenges ahead for the management of water resources, as well as potential solutions to adapt to changing future conditions.

Scientists from the Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications (CREAF) are involved in the BeWater project and have organised several workshops to discuss water management in the context of global change for the Tordera river basin. Participants of these workshops shared an interest in the basin. In a first workshop, the participants identified challenges related to water management and discussed options to deal with these challenges. In a second workshop, these options were refined and evaluated.

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